Black ceramic screen
1924 - 2001
Born in 1924 in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Hikaru studied ceramics at Kyoto Technological High School between 1943-45, then intending to assist his father in ceramics. In 1948 he joined the 'Shinshôkôgeikai and in the same year became a founding member, along with Kazuo Yagi and Osamu Suzuki, of the avant-garde 'Sodeisha' group and participated in their shows. In 1952 Hikaru exhibited at a Kyoto gallery with Suzuki. It was around this time that he lost interest in the Song-style ceramics that had fascinated him to date. In 1926 Kikaru began the production of Craft (miscellaneous daily wares). He has participated in various shows including those of the Japan Ceramic Associaton and the Tokyo and Kyoto Museums of Modern Art.
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
stoneware with black glaze
54.4 x 28.0 x 13.5 cm
Signature & date
Signed on lid [associated NWA box] in Japanese, ink "Yamada Hikaru zô [made by Yamada Hikaru" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1981
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Sydney, 1991, 4. cat.no. 32
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 271 (colour illus.).